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SEC Enforcement Division Issues Guidance on Venue Selection

Respondents in SEC enforcement actions increasingly will litigate a wide array of matters in administrative proceedings, rather than having their day in federal district court. In the wake of significant public...more

High Court Clarifies Approval Process For ESMA Inspections

In this case report, we consider the High Court’s judgment in European Securities and Markets Authority v DTCC Derivatives Repository Limited [2015] EWHC 1085 (Ch), in which the High Court clarified the process that the...more

SEC’s New Guidance on the Use of Administrative Proceedings: “It’s Up to Us.”

In an apparent response to criticisms from the defense bar and the federal judiciary, the Division of Enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) last week issued its first formal guidance on the...more

Administrative Proceedings vs. Federal Court: The SEC Provides Limited Transparency Into Its Choice of Forum

For the past two years, the SEC has come under heavy fire, both inside and outside the Commission, for its increasing use of its own administrative proceedings, rather than federal courts, as the preferred forum for bringing...more

SEC Applies Whistleblower Interference Rule to Corporate Confidentiality Requirement

On April 1, the US Securities and Exchange Commission issued—in a settled administrative proceeding—a cease-and-desist order in In the Matter of KBR, Inc., directing that the respondent cease violating Commission Rule...more

Appellate Court Notes

- AC34886 - State v. Bush - AC35418 - State v. LaFleur - AC36275 - North Star Contracting Corp. v. Albright This case dealt with who is the proper party to bring a shareholder derivative action. A...more

SEC Secures Victory on Fraud Allegations Against Technology Executive

The US District Court for the District of Columbia took the unusual step of granting summary judgment against a technology company executive who the Securities and Exchange Commission accused of various violations of the...more

Parties Push to Enforce Statutory Time Limits on SEC Enforcement Actions

Two cases now before US Courts of Appeals carry the possibility of placing meaningful new limits on the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) time horizon for bringing enforcement actions. The SEC has long argued that...more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 14

In This Issue: - NFA Updates BASIC to Assist With Bylaw 1101 Diligence on Delegating CPOs - Second Circuit Refuses to Rehear Groundbreaking Insider Trading Case - SEC Secures Victory on Fraud Allegations...more

Constitutional Challenges to SEC Administrative Proceedings

May defendants charged in SEC administrative proceedings challenge the constitutionality of those proceedings in federal district court? The determination of whether district courts have subject matter jurisdiction over such...more

District Court Allows NCUA’s RMBS Suit to Proceed Against RBS

On March 16, 2015, Judge George Wu of the United States District Court for the Central District of California denied RBS Securities Inc.’s motion to dismiss the National Credit Union Administration’s second amended complaint....more

Oxfam America Argues SEC Has “Unlawfully Withheld And Unreasonably Delayed” Resource Extraction Rule

I’ve often wished that my legal acumen could be judged by the same standard as professional baseball players. If that were the case, I could be wrong nearly 60% of the time and yet be considered one of the greatest legal...more

Is Anything Fishy With The SEC’s Whistleblower Inquiries?

Yesterday, Rachel Louise Ensign of The Wall Street Journal wrote that the SEC recently sent letters “to a number of companies asking for years of nondisclosure agreements, employment contracts and other documents”.  According...more

One Good Thing and One Bad Thing about SEC Administrative Proceedings

One of my favorite lines from my kids’ books involves a cat named Pickles who’s having something of an identity crisis. Pickles doesn’t really have an owner, but does have a temporary caretaker, who tells him, “Pickles,...more

SEC Seeks Chevron Deference to Unnecessary Ruling that Dodd-Frank 180-Day Enforcement Directive Doesn’t Matter

In a brief filed last week, the SEC urged the D.C. Circuit to give Chevron deference to the Commission’s unnecessary conclusion that Congress’s 180-day enforcement deadline doesn’t matter. The conclusion is consistent with...more

2014 Year-End Securities Litigation Enforcement Highlights

In This Issue: - I. Supreme Court Cases Review - II. Securities Law Cases - III. Insider Trading Cases - IV. Settlements - V. Investment Adviser and Hedge Fund Cases - VI. CFTC Cases and...more

SEC Secures Federal Judge Order Against Mayor Based on Control Person Liability

On January 28, 2015, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan entered a final judgment against Gary Burtka, the former mayor of Allen Park, Michigan, upholding the Security and Exchange Commission...more

The SEC Totally Cares about Its Injunctions

Last week I wrote a post discussing the injunctions the SEC typically obtains against defendants in federal court. I noted the oddity of these obey-the-law injunctions and wondered aloud why the Commission never pursues...more

Fifth Circuit Rules Revealing Whistleblower's Identity Is Materially Adverse Action

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that a notice revealing a whistleblower's identity to other employees can be considered a "materially adverse" action and violates the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX). The...more

The SEC Does Not Care about Its Injunctions

It won’t surprise you to learn that the U.S. Code includes this provision: “A court of the United States shall have power to punish by fine or imprisonment, or both, at its discretion, such contempt of its authority . . . as...more

The Rule of Lenity: Should Courts Defer to Agency Interpretations of RESPA § 8?

On November 10, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition for a writ of certiorari in a case entitled Douglas F. Whitman v. United States. Whitman was seeking to have the Supreme Court review (and, hopefully, overturn)...more

This “Appeal” Of Whole Foods’ No-Action Letter Isn’t Very Appealing

Last week, James McRitchie submitted an “appeal” of the staff’s grant of no-action advice to Whole Foods Market, Inc. As explained in a post by Broc Romanek, Whole Foods was able to obtain that staff’s concurrence in...more

Top 5 Securities and Corporate Governance Litigation Developments of 2014

This year will be remembered as the year of the Super Bowl of securities litigation, Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc. (“Halliburton II”), 134 S. Ct. 2398 (2014), the case that finally gave the Supreme Court the...more

SEC’s Second Amicus Brief On Whether Dodd-Frank Protects Internal Reports

On December 11, 2014, the SEC filed an amicus brief in support of Plaintiff-Appellant Mikael Safarian asking the Third Circuit to revive his Dodd-Frank whistleblower claim and endorse the agency’s definition of...more

District Court Rejects Constitutional Challenge to SEC Administrative Proceedings

We recently wrote that critics, including Judge Jed Rakoff, have been questioning the SEC’s policy of increasingly bringing enforcement actions in its administrative forum rather than federal court. We noted that several...more

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